Well it's obvious now.
We want benchmarks from the Gentoo community to make sure that it's worth our time to even give a crap about doing oddball compiler optimizations on a kernel or glibc as well as the rest of the OS.
I'd like to see a comparisions between Debian (cold) vs Fedora (warm) vs highly optimized Gentoo (hot) on identical hardware running:
1. Filesystem benchmarks.
2. network I/O benchmarks.
3. computational benchmnarks.
4. database bencmarks.
5. application benchmark.
(Stuff like rendering 3d scenes, data encoding, compiling and such stuff. to illistrate the impact that benchmarks may have on real world use)
Just like the sort of stuff you'd find on any reputable hardware-oriented website trying to compare motherboards or cpus.
If anybody can do that and come away with conclusive evidence that all that time spent on Gentoo is actually worth anything then I'd find that a very compelling reason to use Gentoo.
But so far anything I've seen actually points that people playing around with optimizations often actually _reduce_ performance and increase bugginess. So not only you end up wasting your time compiling everything, but your actually making slower.
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